Project Coordinator

Job Type

Full Time




New York
New York
United States


Areas: Juvenile Justice, Systems Change, Inequality, Gender, and Trauma-Informed Care

General Summary:

Drs. Shabnam Javdani and Erin Godfrey are seeking a post-baccalaureate level Project Coordinator to provide full-time assistance with general management and project coordination for their research partnership with the Vera Institute for Justice in the areas of juvenile justice, systems-level/policy intervention and evaluation, and collaborative approaches to change with a critical focus on gender, race, and trauma-informed care in the legal system. The partnership supports the growth of the Vera Institute-led New York City Task Force on Ending Girls’ Incarceration, a coalition including the city’s key juvenile justice and youth-serving agencies in the five boroughs.

This partnership is forming during a pivotal moment in juvenile justice reform that brings leaders across the country to end the incarceration of girls and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and gender nonconforming (LGB/TGNC) youth on the female side of the justice system. The Project Coordinator will provide critical operational support to ensure successful partnership building and collaboration, coordinate key research responsibilities within the NYU research team and between NYU and the Vera Institute for Justice, and provide a broad range of project management to support the development and implementation of an evidence-based comprehensive systems-change initiative to End Girls’ Incarceration across New York City.


  • Under the supervision of Drs. Javdani and Godfrey and a Postdoctoral Associate, support university-community collaboration with the Vera Institute and other city-wide agencies and juvenile justice stakeholders. Manage communication with all sites and stakeholders, coordinate meetings and visits, take and circulate notes and minutes.
  • Coordinate, track, and oversee data procurement and analysis activities, run and present descriptives and other data analyses under the supervision of the Postdoctoral Associate.
  • Coordinate, execute, and oversee data use agreements and data sharing between institutions.   
  • Create and update reports and manuals documenting programmatic data analysis activities and results and systems-change initiatives.
  • Support the development of evaluation procedures and outcome measures, including developing measurement codebooks and manuals, qualitative interview protocols, etc.
  • Support the analysis of quantitative and qualitative outcome data under the advisement of the Postdoctoral Associate.
  • Draft progress reports; update and track project-related publications and presentations.
  • Maintain IRB approval status through protocol adjustments, amendment submissions, continuing reviews, and new submissions.
  • Assist with hiring and staffing needs; prepare staff appointment paperwork; oversee intern responsibilities. 
  • Manage project budget and assist with budget projections for project-related expenses.
  • General project coordination and lab management: coordinate project meetings; facilities, maintenance, IT, and telecommunications requests; website maintenance.

The position will allow for dynamic experience that offers both breadth and depth in the realm of juvenile justice research, intervention and policy work with a focus on the intersection of gender and race. The Project Coordinator position offers a number of excellent training opportunities, including collaboration with senior and junior members of the research team, exposure to university-community research partnerships, and implementation and evaluation of system-level change efforts. This position also allows for the development of independent projects to support the candidate’s training and professional goals. Competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package are offered and a rich array of NYU graduate/faculty seminars, and special training workshops in research methods and statistics, and in areas of social justice, evaluation, and gender-informed and settings-level approaches are available. One year commitment required with possible option to continue contingent on satisfactory performance and availability of funding.


  • The candidate must have a Bachelor’s degree in psychology, criminology, sociology, gender studies or a related field and be comfortable working in a fast-paced team-oriented environment and communicating with a wide range of individuals at all levels of the research team, research partners, and the University.
  • Strong understanding of gender- and race-equity frameworks.
  • Prior research experience on comparable projects and basic quantitative data analysis using statistical software (e.g., SPSS, SAS, Stata) is required. Experience with qualitative data collection and analysis preferred.
  • Experience with research administration including IRB and grants management preferred.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal communication and partnership building skills and ability to work with diverse stakeholders is required.
  • Ability to work well independently and in a multidisciplinary team, good organization skills, attention to detail and excellent oral and written communication skills required.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

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